In the wake of the Parkland, Florida school shooting, the media have stooped to a new low. They long ago eschewed simply reporting the story in such cases, preferring instead to immediately exploit the tragedy to push their anti-gun narrative. With this most recent tragedy, however, the mainstream news organizations are using the schoolkids who lived through it as naive pawns to voice their own left-wing message.
Furthermore, not only is the media finding and covering young teens cluelessly castigating the NRA, but they are encouraging them in their pronouncement of a left-wing political view, affirming them and at times allowing misstatements -- or incendiary comments -- to go unchallenged.
One example of propaganda-flinging in coverage of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High atrocity is CNN's Monday spotlight on anti-gun student David Hogg. The 17-year-old told anchor Alisyn Camerota during a live Q&A that the NRA were "child murderers," without any dispute whatsoever from Camerota. Hogg and Emma Gonzalez -- who, as CNN also reported, had claimed that victims are virtually worthless to President Trump and exclaimed, "To every politician who is taking donations from the NRA, shame on you" -- were pitched softballs such as "Guys, tell me what's going to happen March 24th with your plan for a big March on Washington," followed by an invitation to excoriate the National Rifle Association:
CAMEROTA: So what do you say to the NRA?
GONZALEZ: Um...Disband, dismantle.
So much for democracy...
HOGG: And don't make another organization under a different name.
GONZALEZ: And, yes, don't make another organization under a different name. Don't you dare come back here. The fact that you were in power for so long and that you had so much influence for so long in America just goes to show how much time and effort we still need to spend on fixing our country.
Incredible. The teens were talking as if 17 students were murdered by the NRA, rather than 19-year-old suspect-in-custody Nikolas Cruz. Puzzlingly, Camerota absolutely validated the notion:
CAMEROTA: Look, I don't have to tell you guys, they -- that they give millions of dollars to politicians.
HOGG: We know.
CAMEROTA: They have a very powerful tool. So, I mean, how do you expect politicians, who need money to keep running for office to say no to the NRA?
GONZALEZ: Because we keep telling them that if they accept this blood money, they are against the children. They are against the people who are dying. And that is -- that -- there's no other way to put it at this point. You're either funding the killers or you're standing with the children.
Camerota finished the interview with praise for Hogg: "David, people remember when we first interviewed you and you were so vocal and so strong."
Later that same day, HLN played the CNN clip of Gonzalez and Hogg, with newscaster Carol Costello responding favorably to Hogg's accusation of politicians taking "blood money" from the "child murder[ing]" NRA, and vilifying President Trump:
"Whoa! President Trump benefited greatly from NRA funds. Here he is with NRA leadership at the 2016 annual meeting. The group spent more than $31 million on his campaign and to oppose Hillary Clinton. And the backlash is building among students across the country. Today, for instance, students from the D.C. Area are planning a lie-in. Seventeen teenagers will lie down outside of the White House for three minutes to symbolize how long they say it took for shooter suspect Nikolas Cruz to buy that assault style weapon."
Certainly one of the most egregious instances of a blatant push of political ideology over the mass shooting is Anderson Cooper's interview of Cameron Kasky, in which Cooper seemed to be spoon-feeding every point to the teenager, who ignorantly stated -- uncorrected -- "This is the only country where this kind of thing happens." For Cooper's final question, he lobbed, "So, for those who are saying, you know, 'thoughts and prayers,' and 'this is not the time to talk about guns?'" Watch the entire segment below, to get a real sense of the seemingly rehearsed nature of the interview.